Programs

We believe that every individual has a stake in his or her community, including managing the communities litter problem and the environmental quality of life. Keep Little Rock Beautiful organizes and participates in a number of events throughout the year to improve Little Rock.

School Recycling Grants –

Congratulations to Brady, Forest Park, and Jefferson Elementary Schools, recipients of the 2013 KLRB Recycling Grants.

A goal of KLRB is to increase recycling in our community. A main thrust of our recycling committee is to fund recycling grants for Little Rock Elementary Schools, which are to be used to inform, encourage and support school recycling programs,

Adopt-A-Street

Keep Little Rock Beautiful partners with the City of Little Rock’s Public Works’ Adopt-A Street Program. This in an opportunity to beautify the city by volunteering to pick up litter and trash on selected streets. There are many streets in need of adoption.

Check out this video about the Adopt-A-Street Program

Volunteers and groups identify a street (3-7 blocks or more) and pick up litter and trash at least 6 times per year. Public Works provides lists of available streets, signage, safety vests and litter bags, and scheduled pick up of trash collected. To get involved contact Keep Little Rock Beautiful at info@klrb.org or 501-765-3530.

On line application for the Adopt-A-Street program, e-mail the application to info@klrb.org.

Beautification

ENVISION Little Rock 2013 ideas competitionWINNERS will be announced Dec. 13, 2013 at 1:30 in City Hall.

In honor of the 100 year anniversary of John Nolen’s 1913 document Report on a Park System for Little Rock, the 2013 ENVISION Competition seeks to challenge design professionals and the public to generate imaginative ideas about the future of a neglected and disconnected site in downtown Little Rock. This competition strives to promote engaging, iconic, and transformative ideas to create a new gateway into the city that will inspire, direct, and connect.

Beautiful communities are landscaped with plants – and beautiful green communities are landscaped with sustainable landscapes. KLRB is working with the City of Little Rock, volunteers, and sponsors to design, install, and maintain sustainable landscaped medians in key locations throughout the city. The most recent project is the sculpture “Playing Ball” and landscaping (in partnership with Botanica Gardens) at the new roundabout on Riverfront Drive and Rebsamen Park Road.

A project implemented in the summer of 2012 is flowering hanging baskets along Main and Markham Streets. This is a partnership with KLRB, the Downtown Partnership, and City of LR. This project was been so successful that it is seeking sponsors and partners to expand. To learn more contact KLRB at info@klrb.org.

We are also working with partners (Meadowcliff – Brookwood Neighborhood Association and Meadowcliff Elementary School) to develop a school/community garden at Meadowcliff School.

Cigarette Litter Prevention Program

When it ends up on the ground and not in a receptacle, a cigarette butt is litter. Partially smoked cigarettes, matches, disposable lighters, packaging, and cigarette butts are all part of a growing national litter problem.

KLRB has implemented a program to provide ash receptacles in public places and to distribute free pocket ashtrays to smokers. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with our progress.

Litter Prevention

A beautiful community is one without litter, a goal that KLRB seeks to achieve. We sponsor many community litter and trash clean-ups, working with neighborhood groups, volunteers and sponsors to make an impact.

We track that impact with our annual Litter Index Survey – our scientific survey that measures the quantity of litter on city streets. Each year we identify the most littered streets and strive to get them cleaned up by reaching out to citizens, business and the community in those areas to get the streets adopted through the cities Adopt-a-Street Program.

Recycling

A green community reduces, reuses, and recycles solid waste. KLRB has established a business recycling program to establish a cardboard and glass recycling in the River Market District. We work with the city, waste haulers, residents and business owners to find ways to expand recycling. We continue to advocate for more effective recycling programs and policies. Recycling programs are currently on going in selected Little Rock Schools.